The Gulf Breeze Zoo is proud to announce its newest member, a female Nile hippopotamus. On August 18th, after a gestation of 8 months, “Cleopatra” gave birth to a healthy female calf weighing approximately 70 pounds! (Mom weighs in at around 4,000 pounds) Both mother and calf are in excellent condition and are now on exhibit for daily viewing.
“The baby is healthy and has a strong bond with her mother, said Tenielle Welch. Zookeepers have been watching the calf follow her mother’s every step.”
Cleopatra and the dad, “Kiboko” have resided at Gulf Breeze Zoo since 2005, and have produced several healthy calves.
Hippopotamus spend their days semi-submerged in the water and spend their night hours on land grazing for food. A hippo may walk up to 5 miles from its main water source in search of food. Baby hippos are born in the water and will nurse underwater, surfacing only every 2-3 minutes for air.
The Gulf Coast Area’s award-winning Gulf Breeze Zoo is home to more than 800 exotic animals. The Zoo offers many hands on animal encounters and activities perfect for field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. The Zoo opens at 9 a.m. daily and is located just off Highway 98. Admission to the zoo is $15.95 for adults, $11.95 for children. Military, senior and group rates are available. Call (850) 932-2229, or visit www.GBZoo.com for information.